Seismic survey operations to establish the existence of hydrocarbons in commercially-viable quantities are due to begin next week on the coast of Zambezia and Nampula provinces in Mozambique, a representative of oil and gas company Petrolium said recently.

Bruno Webder said that the survey, which will be underway until April 2018, will be conducted along a 20-kilometre stretch of the coast of the two provinces, and may include the districts of Memba, Ilha de Moçambique, Nacala-a-Velha, Nacala-Porto and Mossuril , in Nampula and Quelimane, Nicoadala, Namacurra, Maganja da Ciosa, Chinde and Pebane in Zambézia.

The city of Quelimane last Thursday hosted a public session to present the timeline of the research work, with Webder giving assurances that all issues of maritime safety, environmental impact and safety of marine species were being safeguarded.

The representative of Petrolium, one of the two companies that will collect the seismic data, said that the work is aimed at surveying the natural resources in those regions of Mozambique, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The newspaper also reported that the first study done in 2012, in Micaune, district of Chinde, pointed to the existence of oil.